There’s nothing Santa Cruz locals enjoy more than a cold glass of beer or a strong cocktail after a hard day of surfing, hiking, or working. This town has more happy hours than anyone can count, but here are some of the best drink and food deals (between the hours of 2:00pm-6:00pm) in town:
99 Bottle of Beer on the Wall: Between 4:00pm and 6:00pm, or after 10:00pm, Monday through Friday, take a pick of any draft beer and knock $1 off the normal purchase price or $1.50 off of a 25 ounce glass. Most appetizers, from chili to garden fresh salads to beer battered tiger prawns and fries, get a $2 discount as well. Thursday is all day 3-2-1 Happy Hour here, too. Pitchers are $3 off, most appetizers are $2 off, and most drafts get a $1 price reduction as well. Secure a spot on the outdoor patio and watch the town whiz by as you enjoy your discounted yet oh so delicious beer.
The Crow’s Nest: If half-price appetizers (like crab cakes, tomato basil crostini, and seared rare Ahi tuna) and $3.75 well drinks, house wines, and draft pints sounds like a good time, then the bar at the Crow’s Nest, situated right at the mouth of the Santa Cruz Harbor, needs to be your destination from 3:30pm-6:00pm Monday through Friday. Wednesday sees happy hour prices all day long plus live entertainment in the upstairs bar.
Palapas Restaurant y Cantina: The “y Cantina” is where you need to pay attention to take advantage of perhaps one of the best happy hours in Santa Cruz County. Palapas’s strongest selling point is the spectacular Pacific views available at every table and the spacious deck that invites all happy hour revelers to pull up a chair, sip on a cocktail, and soak up the sun. Drink prices are $5 for house wine and margaritas, $4 well drinks, and $3 draft beers. All appetizers are half price too, and when you consider that normally chicken nachos run $13.95, $6.95 is a bargain. Take advantage of $2 bar taco night, which come with the choice of either carnitas, chicken, or snapper, every Monday from 5:00pm-9:00pm. Draft Budweiser is marked down to $2, too. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 3:00pm-6:00pm.